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Redfern Speech

The Redfern Park Speech was made on 10 December 1992 by Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at Redfern Park in Redfern, New South Wales. The speech dealt with the challenges faced by Indigenous Australians.

Don Watson, then Keating's principal speechwriter, has claimed authorship of the speech, although Keating has disputed this.[1][2] Delivered to a crowd of predominantly indigenous people, it became known as the "Redfern Speech". Although it was not given a lot of media attention at the time, it is now regarded by many as one of the greatest Australian speeches. Keating was the first Australian Prime Minister to publicly acknowledge to Indigenous Australians that European settlers were responsible for the difficulties Australian Aboriginal communities continued to face: "We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice."


In 2007, ABC Radio National listeners voted the speech as their third most "unforgettable speech" behind Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech (number one) and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (number two). [3]

In 2008, parts of the speech were sampled for use in a track by GetUp![4]


See also

External links

  • Text of Speech at
  • National Archives of Australia
  • Native Title Reports 1994-2009 for more information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs
  • Watch a recording of the australianscreen online
  • The Redfern Address was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry in 2010

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